This ain’t my initially rodeo but think me when I say that in spite of going to Kyoto when just before, I’m nevertheless just as in adore with this city as I was the initially time and probably even additional so right after discovering some hidden gems and the very best vegetarian meal I ate all through my time in Japan.
Kyoto, when the capital of Japan, has played a big function in Japanese culture and history. Like stepping inside a time capsule, the city is identified for its’ Buddhist temples, gardens, imperial palaces, Shinto shrines and conventional wooden Japanese homes. Place merely: this feels like the ancient heart of Japan and is a should pay a visit to when going to Japan.
Get your Bearings: Hōkanji Temple
It took me two visits to Kyoto to uncover Hōkanji Temple, arguably the most scenic photograph one particular can capture in Kyoto in a conventional street bustling with merchants, neighborhood artisans and a a new planet addition: vacationers dressed as geishas. Hōkanji Temple is a five-story pagoda with sweeping views of the city from the leading (you can climb it), even so the very best view can be discovered hunting down on the temple from the streets above. Stop by at golden hour for the very best light and a magical finish to your day in Kyoto.
With a reputation as the centre of Geisha culture in Japan, Gion is a neighbourhood not to be missed if you are browsing for culture and history when going to Kyoto. Inside the neighbourhood you will uncover lots of neighborhood restaurants, merchants, artisans and of course, teahouses exactly where you will uncover geiko (neighborhood word for Geisha) and maiko (geiko in education). The most preferred location in Gion is Hanami-koji Street from Shijo Avenue to Kenninji Temple.
Arashiyama Bamboo Grove
Arashiyama has speedily grow to be one particular of the most visited web-sites of Kyoto thanks in portion to Instagram and photo-driven tourism, as effectively as the forrest of bamboo permitting guests to really feel as if they have stepped in to one more planet. The bamboo grove can be accessed straight from the streets of Arashiyama, which has speedily grow to be abuzz with vacationers going to just to snap a photo inside the no cost tourist attraction. The prettiest portion of the stroll is at the leading (away from the street), so be positive to preserve walking if you have created all the work to come right here!
10 min stroll from Saga Arashiyama Station, JR Sagano line
15 min stroll from Arashiyama Station, Henkyu railway
Fushimi Inari Shrine
As you wander via the 5000 orange tori gates that wind their way up to Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, you will be forgiven for pondering they in no way finish. This is a lovely quick hike to take to the leading and the additional you go, the much less vacationers you will be sharing the hike with.
three-minute stroll from JR Inari Station on the JR Nara Line
In the course of the fall months Daigo-ji Temple is one particular of the most preferred destinations in Kyoto, even so it is nevertheless just as lovely year round if you are hunting for a spot off the preferred tourist route (but I’d nevertheless advocate you arrive early if you want to take pleasure in it to your self!)
10-minute stroll from Daigo Station on the Tozai Subway Line
More Great Things to Do in Kyoto:
Of course there are so lots of additional factors to do if you have additional than two days in Kyoto! Some of my favourite factors to do and see consist of:
- Green tea (match) soft serve is all the rage. Attempt it as an ice cream parfait for a actual treat!
- Kinkaku-ji Temple is a serene gold coloured temple idyllically positioned by a pond
- Nijō Castle is effectively worth a pay a visit to if you are interested in shogun history
- Sake breweries are in abundance in Kyoto so be positive to cease by if you have an interest in the history and production of sake
- Fushimi Sake Village is a terrific location to sample 18 various sakes (just be positive to bring some close friends with you – this stuff is lethal!)
- Vegetarians and Vegans rejoice – Ain Soph Journey has extraordinary plant primarily based eats and is centrally positioned
- I stayed at the Cross Hotel and would hugely advocate it if you are hunting for anything additional upscale with no becoming more than the leading fancy
Having to Kyoto is easiest and frequently quickest by train. Osaka is a mere 14 minutes by bullet train (Shinkansen) with connections from there to Tokyo (two hours and 30 minutes by bullet train).
Railway and subway lines are pretty straightforward to navigate and are your very best bet for obtaining about the city. It is significant to note, even so, that lots of of the big attractions are not effectively serviced by metro and as an alternative it is additional effective to travel by bus.
The city centre is somewhat flat and tends to make for a terrific city to stroll or bicycle about. If you are hunting for a terrific operating track, appear no additional than a morning jog along the Kamo River.